DAVID ALLAN COE
The Handlebar, Greenville, SC
July 22, 2006
David Allan Coe took over that audience so fast it would make your head spin, and played a simply amazing show, opening with “Statesborro Blues,” and doing one long segment of songs and narration that included parts of dozens of his tunes, including “Divers Do it Deeper,” “Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone” and “Jack Daniels if You Please.” Accompanied by his oldest son Tyler on guitar, and a great drummer and the excellent lead guitarist, Jon E. Finn (no bass, it was a “bass-less” night for all), he did the full version of one of my personal favorites, “Please Come to Boston.”
David put his all into Kid Rock’s “Single Father,” and sang Waylon’s “Amanda,” impersonating his friend with sheer perfection. If you closed your eyes you could see ol’ Waylon clear as a bell. When he launched into “Take This Job and Shove it,” half the audience sprang to their feet, raising clinched fists into the air and screaming. David tipped his hat to his friend Uncle Cracker with “Drift Away,” and surprised everyone with a pair of Kenny Rogers tunes, “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” and “Lucille.” Very cool. “”Talkin’ to the Blues” went over huge, nd he introduced his song “Nothin’ To Lose,” saying it was the single from his recent CD with Pantera called “Rebel Meets Rebel.” an awesome rocker.
Halfway through the show, Kimberly “Miss Kim” Hastings (www.officialmisskim.com) came onstage, full tilt and full of energy. They rocked through “Suspicious Minds,” :”Storms Never Last,” and several other great tunes. The band sounded great.
Then came the big sweet surprise, a medley of “Midnight Rider” by The Allmans, “Can’t You See” by Marshall Tucker, “We’re an american Band” by Grand Funk and “Whipping Post” by the Allmans, and with the band still rocking, Coe and Kim bowed and waved and were in the wind.
There were a lot of other songs but for the life of me i can’t remember them all. Suffice it to say that everybody got their money’s worth and left happy, including yours truly.
-Michael Buffalo Smith